Music

Northwestern’s music department is dedicated to a Christ-centered and holistic educational process that will draw you toward musical maturity so you might transform the world. The music department has the following goals for you:

  1. You will develop a greater understanding of the integration of the Christian faith and your life as a musician.

  2. You will grow in musical maturity through development in critical thinking, creative self-expression, musical sensitivity and artistry. This growth will enable you to transform the world through your work in music education, ministry-related positions, other music-related career work, graduate school, further professional or technical training, and/or vocational positions.

  3. You will develop musical and academic skills necessary for cognition in the structure, history, theory and techniques of music.

  4. You will demonstrate musical understanding and growth through active music making and listening.

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Major requirements

Class or private instruction in major area: 4 credits
Ensemble participation: 2 credits
MUS 111 - Music Theory I
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 111: MUS101 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(2 credits)
MUS 112 - Music Theory II
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in-depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.Prerequisite for 112: MUS111 or passing score on diagnostic placement exam.(4 credits)
MUS 211 - Music Theory III
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits)
MUS 212 - Music Theory IV
This course will teach the fundamentals necessary for performing, composing/arranging, teaching, directing, writing about, and recording/producing music. Related topics such as music history, performance practice and music technology are also explored and an in- depth study is made of the Christian perspective on music and music-making.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 301 - Basic Conducting
This course is designed to assist students in developing a basic conducting technique. Skills are taught which enable the student to direct vocal and instrumental groups. Included in the course are studies in transposition, clef reading and score preparation.Prerequisite: MUS112.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 317 - History of Music I
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from ancient times through the Baroque is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 318WI - History of Music II
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience) Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the Classical era to the middle of the 19th century is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.
MUS 319 - History of Music III
Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the late 19th century through the present is covered.Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
MUS 320CC - World Musics
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option underCross-Cultural Engagement) Music is an integralpart of every culture. By studying the music of other cultures, includingthe way music relates to faith, power, societal structure, and dailylife, students will be able to better understand, love, and treat peoplefrom other cultures with justice. This class will give students toolsfrom the field of ethnomusicology to engage with the music of the world'speople through listening, observing, researching and music-making.
MUS 412 - Special Topics in Music
This course provides in-depth study of special topics in music. Students will look at philosophical and practical issues in music within society and various cultures. Students will explore questions in theoretical, theological, historical, and performance approaches to music.Prerequisite: MUS318 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
*Choose one course: 1
MUS 133 - Piano Class Intermediate II
This class is designed for students with limited experience in piano. Beginning class is for the student with no piano background or very little prior instruction. Intermediate class is for the student who reads melodic lines and has some previous keyboard experience. Advanced class is for the student who has had a few years of keyboard instruction and wishes to broaden repertoire. Placement in appropriate level is by permission of instructor.(1 credit)
MUS 251 - Piano Lessons
Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (1-2 credits)

Cognate requirements

PHI 238 - Philosophy of the Arts
No course description available.

Total credits required: 40

Notes:

*Students with a piano emphasis must substitute 1 credit of class or private lessons in a secondary area.

Following a music placement exam, students will either be placed in Music Theory I (MUS111) or Music Fundamentals (MUS101). MUS101 does not count toward a music major, music ministry major or minor.

Recommended course for voice emphasis: MUS217 (Vocal Pedagogy) or MUS218 (Vocal Diction).

Recommended course for piano emphasis: MUS214 (Piano Pedagogy) or MUS216 (Survey of Piano Literature).

Recommended course for organ emphasis: MUS222 (Survey of Organ Literature).

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